Manchester United’s defeat against City was a bitter pill to swallow. It signified one of our best chances of silverware this season almost coming to a close.

But it’s the hope that kills. Marcus Rashford’s late consolation goal meant United lost the tie 3-1 instead of 3-0, and raises the prospect of a second leg fightback.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer referenced the PSG comeback in his post-game comments, reported by the club website, and there’s a small chance we can still turn the tie around.

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The first 45 minutes were awful, with United rattled by conceding first, nervous in possession, and hamstrung by a makeshift midfield and defence.

There were two players that particularly impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Brandon Williams and Fred, and he picked them out for praise.

He said: “Brandon was fantastic in the second half, and the first half as well. And Fred, as well. I thought Fred was excellent.”

Solskjaer brought on Angel Gomes and he noted how he won the ball back to lead to a counter attack for United’s consolation.

 

He added: “[There was] Angel’s good tackle, Mason’s great weight of pass and a good finish by Marcus, so that’s promising.

“You talk about youth and Brandon – only 19. Mason – 18, Marcus is only 22, so yeah, we had a very young team. It’s a great possibility to learn from this, for them.”

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Results needed now

The work Solskjaer is doing developing young players like Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood will pay off eventually.

They are among the best players we have at present, but this squad needs more help.

The first half highlighted a lack of leadership in midfield. The Fred and Andreas Pereira partnership simply does not work.

New signings are needed, and in the meantime, a win is an absolute must at home to Norwich this weekend.

Solskjaer added: “What can you do? Can you go and feel sorry for yourself? No, there’s absolutely no chance that I will and the players will. We’ve got to react, we need to win on Saturday.”

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